Beamline Optics

Rationale: Real space, full-field imaging, and in particular tomography, needs a homogeneous and stable beam profile, in order to perform optimal background corrections. Because of the high coherence of the radiation produced by third-generation synchrotron radiation facilities like the SLS, all the optical components (windows, mirrors and monochromator) must be designed with particular care in order to avoid deterioration of the beam profile. The design criteria for the optics of the TOMCAT beamline have been:
  • Simplify the optics (i.e., minimize the number of optical elements)
  • Optimize optics for bandwidth rather than for energy resolution
  • Make monochromatic beam and white beam available
  • Energy range: 8-45 keV
Window: The machine UHV-sector (10-10 mbar) is separated from the beamline HV (10-7 mbar) by a Chemical Vapour Deposited (CVD) diamond window, (see below). Because of the better surface-roughness, CVD diamond windows are preferred to standard Be-windows. The thickness of the window is 100μm, its surface-roughness is 2.5 nm RMS. The coherence degradation due to the window has been measured with shearing interferometry and is negligible.

Optics The main optical component of the TOMCAT beamline is a fixed-exit double crystal multilayer monochromator (DCMM) which covers an energy range from 8 to 45 keV. Design and manufacturing have been done by CINEL Strumenti Scientifici from Italy. The DCMM is located in the front-end, at approximately 7 m from the source: this allows it to accept a large angular divergence while keeping the optical elements very compact. [Ru/C]100 and a [W/Si]100 multilayer stripes have been coated 8 mm apart from each other on a Si111 substrate (active area of 150x50 mm2). As a result, the energy bandwidth of the DCMM is a few percent when multilayer are used or 10-4 when the silicon is used. The slope errors in the direction along and across the optic are better than 0.5 μrad RMS and 5 μrad RMS respectively. Surface roughness is less than 0.3 nm RMS. When operating with multilayers the Bragg angle varies between θ = 1.82° and θ = 0.265° for energies ranging from 5 keV up to 45 keV. For the low-energy settings, the power density is 80 mW/mm2 and is dissipated via water cooling. The crystal optics are mounted on two independent high-precision goniometers. The first crystal has motorized pitch, roll, and horizontal translation (for stripes selection); the second crystal has the same degrees of freedom and, in addition, yaw and vertical translation. The whole system is positioned on a base plate that can be vertically adjusted. The distance between both crystals can be increased up to 850 mm. Instead of using a collimating mirror, the vertical size of the beam is controlled by moving the endstation along the beam path (up to 15 m travel range).

Monochromatic Operation: The expected multilayer/crystal translations are shown below. The beam offset will be between 7 and 10 mm for multilayers and 25 mm for the Si111.
Energy Range 8-45 keV
Energy bandwidth 2-3 % with multilayers
0.018% with Si111
Photon Flux (ph/s) with multilayers > 5e14 @ 10 keV
> 3e14 @ 20 keV
> 1e14 @ 40 keV
Beam Size @ 20 m from source 40 mm (H) x 4-7 mm (V) for energies between 10-30 keV

White beam operation: The DCMM can be easily removed from the beam path and white beam radiation can be provided at the endstation. Filter batteries (Four quadruple and one triple) are available to pre-condition the radiation.
Beam Size @ 20 m from source 40 mm (H) x 9 mm (V)
Filter Battery 0 5 mm pyrolitic graphite, 20 mm pyrolitic graphite, 20 mm pyrolitic graphite + 75 μm Pd
Filter Battery 1 100 μm, 200 μm, 400 μm Al, 20 μm Cu
Filter Battery 2 50 μm Al, 10 μm, 40 μm, 50 μm Al
Filter Battery 3 10 μm , 50 μm Fe, 10 μm Cu, 100 μm Al
Filter Battery 4 10 μm Cu, 100 μm Al, 200 μm Al
The expected performance of the multilayer monochromator (bandwidth between 2-3 %) is depicted in the graph below.